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Monthly Moments: July

Thanks so much for all of your kind comments about my projects using Text Block: Thankful. I really appreciate your enthusiasm about Papertrey Ink’s July release. The thing is…there’s more…A LOT MORE! Today, I have a few pocket pages to share using new Monthly Moments, stamps, dies, and journal cards. And of course, more pictures of Lauren.


My layouts use the Simple Stories SN@P 6×8 pages. Here is the first spread.

I added cardstock and washi tape to the “binding” of my pocket pages! Love the result because it adds extra pops of color and pattern.


I utilized the full page to feature Lauren’s 4 month photo. I added a portion of a journal card to the bottom and added some washi tape and Wet Paint Cuts II die cut.


On the second page, I used 4 x 6 journal cards and embellished them with more journal card elements. For example, I die cut the “everyday is an adventure” from a journal card using Limitless Layers: Circle dies. I hand cut the circle pattern part from a journal card and added it to another journal card.

Here’s a tip: Look at your journal cards as patterned paper. When I do that, I get more ideas on how I can use them rather than just stick them into pockets, although that’s cool too!

On the bottom pocket, I stamped a statement from Monthly Moments: July on pure poppy cardstock and added a bit of pattern from a journal card.


Monthly Moments: July stamp set includes lots of Independence Day images and statements, but don’t stay in that box. I use the “4th” image to document that this is Lauren’s 4th month photo. I stamped it on a pinking circle and added pennant strips. I stamped the work “month” using Simple Alphabet.




My next layout documents some of our Independence Day. I’ll be sure to document more in my next Monthly Moments post on August 1.


Don’t be afraid to add elements or even stamping directly to your photos.


Don’t be afraid to mix black and white photos with color photos in a spread! It creates contrast in the page!


I used Clip Tips die to stamp a simple statement for this photo. This is one of my favorite photos of us! My heart melts every time I see it.


I stamped the arrows directly onto the photo using white ink. I added the “adventure is out there” from a journal card and finished it off with a geo tag die cut.


I’m not a big fan of my handwriting and prefer using a typewriter or word processing software and my printer, but my hubby loves my handwriting and encourages me to use it. So, I thought I would on this page. I added a few stamps from Monthly Moments: Travel Plans. I also used Monthly Moments: July arrow stamp to create the pattern behind the journaling. It ended up looking like an aztec print in the end. Love when a design transforms into its own thing in the end!

I hope you are documenting great things in your life. It doesn’t have to be daily or weekly, but monthly makes it easy to pick a few things to remember.

Check out what the rest of the team designed today too!

Nichole Heady, Heather Nichols, Danielle Flanders, and Melissa Phillips

GraceJuly 12, 2014 - 8:16 am

I love all the ideas. Such a beautiful album.

Jan metcalfJuly 12, 2014 - 8:41 am

Sweet as can be!

Holly SaveurJuly 12, 2014 - 8:54 am

She is so sweet..just adorable!
great photo’s..

Cindy CJuly 12, 2014 - 9:18 am

Love your projects…..although for me your face & smile say it all. Motherhood sure agrees with you! Looks like you’re having the time of your lives!

Diana KJuly 12, 2014 - 10:19 am

Love your layouts, Ashley! Such great tips too – combining colour and b/w photos, stamping on pics! While Lauren is the cutest little girl ever, I must say that her mommy might just outshine her the teeniest bit on these pages. Gorgeous.

Susan BeauchaineJuly 12, 2014 - 10:55 am

BEAUTIFUL! She is growing up right before out eyes!
What a change. But she is still GORGEOUS!
Thanks for sharing
Oh, I probably should have mentioned your pages are fabulous, too! I always get distracted with Lauren! ;)

Pat WhitleyJuly 12, 2014 - 11:06 am

I agree, I get so distracted by looking at how stinkin cute Lauren is, I forget to look at the layouts! That pic of her laughing with you is priceless. But, the one of her in her daddy’s arms….priceless.

Thanks for sharing!

Lynn G.July 12, 2014 - 11:17 am

Lovely layouts … although , like everybody else I get distracted looking at Lauren – she is such a cutie . ( Love her booties – LOL ) . The pic of you both is enough to melt your heart for sure .. and, yup ..Daddy does look mighty proud . Thanks for sharing .

Kathie BJuly 12, 2014 - 11:18 am

I so enjoy looking at the pictures of your beautiful family…and your very creative recording of special family moments! Thank you!

Parker OJuly 12, 2014 - 11:20 am

Your little pocket pages have been creatively adorned and because of it, it is a fun experience looking through the pages.

BevJuly 12, 2014 - 11:38 am

I love your creative layouts and tips. What a beautiful family – and precious Baby Lauren is stealing our hearts. What a little doll she is – so much personality. I love her princess crown and those sweet little shoes.

GinaJuly 12, 2014 - 12:26 pm

Ashley, I want to encourage you to keep writing on your layouts. Your handwriting will become precious to Lauren and any other children you may have. Even though you don’t like it – keep using it at least occasionally in your albums! :) I love all the tips you gave in this post – I’m often afraid to let anything else touch my photos, but I’m coming out of that! :)

Kathy KrugJuly 12, 2014 - 12:39 pm

I love the memories you are creating for your family. Great scrapbook pages.

Lynne T.July 12, 2014 - 2:32 pm

I love all your creations that you share but my most favorite are the ones with your sweet Lauren. She is so adorable.

JanetJuly 12, 2014 - 7:49 pm

I’m not good at papercrafting until I have a reason, a purpose I care about. As stunning as your other creations are, it is pretty obvious motherhood truly has made your creativity bloom. I agree with Gina. Use your own handwriting; that will be as precious to Lauren as the album. Your handwriting is very legible. Mine isn’t but I still use my own often. I love the tip to think of the cards as cardstock because of the design elements.

Tracey McNeelyJuly 12, 2014 - 8:30 pm

Adorable pocket journaling!

Carol KJuly 12, 2014 - 10:24 pm

Love the color play. . .

RoxanneJuly 13, 2014 - 5:21 pm

Hi there….I am just discovering Papertrey stamps, dies and inks. Your sweet little book is priceless, as is your adorable baby!!! I love it!!

Introducing Text Block: Thankful

Hello there! I hope you all are enjoying your week so far. I have a post that will lift your spirits. It’s Papertrey Ink’s July release time and I am showcasing Text Block: Thankful, an addition to Lizzie Jones’ Text Block die series. It will be available to purchase at Papertrey Ink on July 15 at 10 pm EST. Using this die makes it super easy to pull together a thank you card. Here are three examples of what I created.


I thought it would be great to create a teach thank you card. You can’t have enough of those, right?! Text Block: Thankful is front and center. I die cut it from hawaiian shores cardstock. I layered it on vellum. I cut the vellum using some scalloped scissors (a pair I’ve had since I started crafting – very old).


On the A2 card base, I stamped the alphabet using Wet Paint Alphabet. This is definitely a stamping job for a true stamper at heart. It’s time consuming, but worth it. I love the custom patterned paper I created. I stamped each letter individually; however, you could get this look using the same ink by clustering the letters on a block and stamping too. I don’t like to think of this stamping job as “taking a lot of work,” but as well needed stamping time. I enjoyed every minute of it.


In the center of the die cut, I used Back to School apple die to pull in the teacher theme. I stamped the ampersand from Limitless Layers: Labels.



Stamps: Wet Paint Alphabet, Limitless Layers: Labels

Dies: Text Block Thankful, Back to School

Cardstock: Rustic White, Hawaiian Shores, Vellum, Limeade Ice, Pure Poppy

Ink: Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse, Harvest Gold, Hibiscus Burst, True Black

Other: Clothespin (Pebbles), Scalloped Scissors (purchased from Michaels in 2008)


My next card using Text Block: Thankful in a masculine way. Let’s face it…masculine cards can be a bit challenging to make because using loads of colors and flowers may not be appreciated! So, I thought about creating a framed card without the bulk.

I trimmed 1″ strips of kraft cardstock and stamped the wood grain pattern using dark chocolate ink. I love the simplicity the card has without losing pizzazz.



Stamps: Background Basics: Woodgrain

Dies: Text Block: Thankful

Cardstock: Kraft, Fine Linen, Rustic White

Ink: Dark Chocolate, Chai


My last card is full of confetti fun. Using Polka Dot Basics, I created a confetti background. I let the text block make a statement by embellishing it with a floral and leaf treatment.



Stamps: Polka Dot Basics

Dies: Text Block: Thankful, Turning a New Leaf, Polka Dot Parade #6, Ruby Rose

Cardstock: Rustic White, Raspberry Fizz, Harvest Gold, Gold Adhesive Sheet

Ink: Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise, Aqua Mist

Other: Embroidery Floss (Bazzill)

That’s all I have for today, but I’ll be back Saturday with loads of photos and new Monthly Moments goodness! Thanks for visiting!!

Don’t forget to check out more posts today from:

Nichole Heady
Dawn McVey
Heather Nichols
Melissa Phillips
jan metcalfJuly 10, 2014 - 7:32 am

Stamping should be therapeutic!! Your background turned out nicely, and love the little touch of gold on another card.

Holly TJuly 10, 2014 - 7:36 am

Your cards are great Ashley. I love how you created the background with the Wet Paint letters!

GinaJuly 10, 2014 - 7:55 am

The Wet Paint Alpha background on the teacher thank you is wonderful! You nailed it with the masculine thanks, too. And, I agree with Jan, I also love the little bit of gold on that last card.

Leigh PennerJuly 10, 2014 - 8:10 am

Oh, these are all fabulous, Ashley! I especially love the first on with the stamped Wet Paint alphabet background!

Kathie BJuly 10, 2014 - 8:16 am

Three really great thank you cards! I love all the little elements that take the cards to the next level.

Marcia HillJuly 10, 2014 - 8:34 am

Love all 3 of your cards Ashley, but the alphabet background paper and the wood frame both just knocked my socks off! Fabulous ideas…thank you, thank you!!! :0)

janetJuly 10, 2014 - 9:10 am

Absolutely WONDERFUL – lovely stamping (thank you for the preview of the WP alphabet set – looks amazing)!

Mary Anne PerlmutterJuly 10, 2014 - 9:17 am

Ashley, You are a master of color selection. I really enjoyed your card with the wet paint alphabet set.

Nancy PenirJuly 10, 2014 - 9:42 am

Honestly you should be a designer paper designer! Gorgeous fun backgrounds! Great pop of red on the middle card!

Pat WhitleyJuly 10, 2014 - 9:59 am

Ashley, I do believe you are The Queen of stamping backgrounds! Wow, love all of your cards, and the Wet Paint letters is adorable, but I am so drawn to your polka dot background. :)

ColleenJuly 10, 2014 - 10:10 am

What pretty cards! I just love this new text box too.

Parker OJuly 10, 2014 - 10:44 am

Even tho you used the same text block die in each of your 3 cards, each card is so very different. I’m really liking the Wet Paint Alphabet.

Susan BeauchaineJuly 10, 2014 - 11:17 am

Ashley your creativity really EXPLODED with this post!
FABULOUS cards! Simply amazing, especially the masculine one!
Love them all
Thanks for sharing

Diana KJuly 10, 2014 - 11:43 am

Love your Wet Paint background! Gorgeous cards, Ashley.

Janet CastleJuly 10, 2014 - 12:08 pm

Great take on the release….love your projects! TFS

susan h.July 10, 2014 - 1:59 pm

Really lovely cards!

PettiJuly 10, 2014 - 2:31 pm

Love your cards!

Troy LouiseJuly 10, 2014 - 3:04 pm

Oh what fun & pretty cards. Can’t believe you stamped that whole alphabet individually, but the effect is fabulous! Thanks so much.

Kathy AJuly 10, 2014 - 3:09 pm

very pretty

Kathy KrugJuly 10, 2014 - 4:13 pm

Love this new die. Beautiful examples on different ways to show it off.

Mary Lou KempJuly 10, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Ashley I really love how you created a background effect in those five colors and the Wet Paint Alphabet. This will be an exciting release.

Melissa FJuly 10, 2014 - 6:37 pm

LOVE all your beautiful cards, girly to masculine!

Sandy MJuly 10, 2014 - 7:33 pm

Truly inspirational cards. Love them all.

Carol Ann AterJuly 10, 2014 - 9:05 pm

Really like the alpha background you created. Gives me ideas. Thanks you for sharing.

Denise GutshallJuly 10, 2014 - 11:49 pm

Love the wet paint background. The colors just pop the card. Thanks for the good ideas.

Kathy HJuly 11, 2014 - 8:51 am

Wonderful cards Ashley! I love the Alpha set!

More Monthly Moments

Today I have a new layout to share with you using Papertrey Ink’s June Monthly Moments Journal Card collection. I was really in a time crunch and needed to grab just a few materials because my craft space is a total mess. We turned on our water for the backyard (after it being winterized) and the pipe was cracked and leaked water in my craft room. So, we are in the middle of repairing the drywall and carpet that got wet. There was not a lot of damage because we shut the water off quickly, but to repair the pipe, the room is in total chaos. But, that doesn’t stop me from documenting our memories. I just need a few materials and a little time. So, I whipped this layout together in under an hour. My biggest tip is to use the journal cards!


The full layout of the Simple Stories SN@P 6×8 pages. I used the Monthly Moments: June journal card collection.


Here is the first page. I used Microsoft Word and my printer to print my journaling directly onto the journal cards. I created a border strip on the bottom left pocket using a journal card.


I love printing a large photo on the full pocket pages. I printed tid bits of information to add journaling directly to the photo.


I hope this post inspired you that you can create scrapbook pages, document your favorite times, and do it quickly! All you need are some photos and a few minutes of time and you can have simple pages.

Check out what the rest of the team designed today too!

Nichole Heady, Heather Nichols, Danielle Flanders, and Melissa Phillips

NancyJuly 1, 2014 - 11:11 am

Adorable! Oh, and the layouts are nice too. :)

Susan BeauchaineJuly 1, 2014 - 12:03 pm

Ashley, she just gets cuter and cuter! Daddy doesn’t look too bad either. She definitely steals the show!!!
Thanks for sharing!

Ms LindaJuly 1, 2014 - 2:05 pm

Beautiful layout. Baby is growing up to be so pretty. Enjoy

Diana KJuly 1, 2014 - 3:27 pm

She’s looking so sassy! That headband photo is just the cutest thing ever. Oh, and your pages are pretty sweet too.

Pat WhitleyJuly 1, 2014 - 6:46 pm

Lauren is so stinkin cute! Thank you for sharing her with us. Those sweet cheeks are so kissable.

Bonnie DittoJuly 1, 2014 - 10:13 pm

What a beautiful little girl. Just want to hug her!!! Need a baby sitter?

Becky P.July 2, 2014 - 11:05 am

The Gap photo made my day! Your daughter is absolutely gorgeous! Such a great picture.

Paulette S.July 2, 2014 - 4:12 pm

Yay! I got this post in my email box. That sweet baby is growing so fast. She’s adorable. I turned around the other day and our grand baby turned 2. I wish I had the energy to to do the scrapbooking thingies. You really make me want to do them, Ashley. LOL

BevJuly 3, 2014 - 12:10 am

I love the simplicity of your pages. The GAP picture of baby Lauren is beautiful! Her little personality is shining. What a doll.

Julie WebberJuly 7, 2014 - 9:35 am


How do you print these journaling words? Is there a special program that you use, and what kind of printer?

This all looks so good. Super cute, retro outfit. Love the headband. What an adorable child!
Julie W.

FeliciaJuly 7, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Wow…She is just Beautiful Ashley! I love this outfit from head to toe. Where did you get that headband for her head. I’m going to have to get some of those for my little one if you don’t mind…lol. Such cuteness and personality already showing.

Rebekka KJuly 9, 2014 - 1:39 am

What a wonderful idea, and I do love that photo of her, so cute :)